What is Outcomes ?

This website includes the information on the research process and outcomes of several groups of scholars who analysed the Italian higher education system and its connection to the production and work systems.

In this website we describe indicators, models and methods for the evaluation and improvement of university education and research, the identification of services supporting university students’ learning and life, the employability of graduates and PhD’s and their careers, and the analysis of jobs and competencies of people educated in Italian universities.

The research activities relate to various projects whose acronym and main aims are:
  1. AGORA’, a longitudinal survey carried out by the University of Padua on its graduates since 2007.
  2. EXPERTUM, an experimental study carried out from the year 2000 to 2002 to evaluate the possibility of using computer-assisted techniques for the collection of data on university course quality and on early careers of graduates.
  3. GLAD, a study started in 2008 at the University of Padua, on the relationship between the human capital and job satisfaction of graduates.
  4. OUTCOMES, a long-standing study on the likely connections between the Italian higher educational system and production and work activities. The study involved research groups belonging to several Italian universities and other public research bodies (Unioncamere Study Centre, Istat, Isfol).
  5. PINCERS, a three-year study that started in 2008 to process and interpret the data collected at Padua University with the Agorà survey on graduates. The study is aimed, too, at creating and evaluating indicators of the so-called external effectiveness of university education. The study involves scholars belonging to several Italian universities and public research bodies (Unioncamere Study Centre, Istat, Isfol, Padua Hospital Agency).
  6. PLUG-IN, a study started in 2010 with the purpose of checking the viability of a statistical information system for long-term description of graduates’ evolution in the job market. Scholars of Padua University, Ministry of Welfare and Veneto Lavoro, the regional district employment agency, compose the research group.
  7. SCENT, a research held by scholars at the University of Padua from 2004 to 2006 on behalf of Unioncamere Study Centre, on job vacancies and the related competencies that companies and institutions located in the Veneto region expected to cover.